"Learning to Draw", by Leanne Allinson.
Hello Bella friends! It's Leanne here today sharing a fun interactive layout design with you. This is not the first time I've included my children's artwork as part of my own creation and it certainly won't be my last! But it is the first time I've created a simple pocket so I can slip multiple pieces of mini artworks into it as part of the story.
My youngest son hates drawing. As a craft loving mother, this should distress me! But in reality I know he is much happier outside chasing a ball or running about in the garden, than deciding what shade of green to use, should he next choose to color in a picture. So when he does actually want to draw a picture I tend to safeguard these original artworks as they are so few and far between!!
When Cameron recently stole into my scrap space to "play" with some of my leftover supplies, he left an adorable trail of evidence! His drawing of a kangaroo, koala and crocodile on a piece of leftover cardstock just had to be repurposed and oh my!! How thrilled am I that these three animals are part of the new The Zoo Crew paper pieces?! I'm certain it was definitely a sign for me to capture this moment. Or maybe it was simply because his classmates are learning about Australian Animals at the moment! Either way, I win!! LOL!
The cardstock he used was easily trimmed from 12" to 8.5" in length without losing any of his original detail. I didn't want to trim the images into further separate pieces, but instead used the whole piece to create a file folder pocket on the front of an 8.5"x11" cardstock base.
I've then placed adhesive to the bottom and sides of the cardstock strip and reinforced the lower edge with washi tape. Taking the idea of keeping miniature pieces of art even further, I've used this pocket to also house photos of artwork detail and more original minis.
Each piece of artwork has been dated on the back and I've included a brief description as to what the drawing depicts. Not only does this idea directly involve my son with my own artist endeavors but as an interactive layout, I know that in future years, he'll be able to look at his original pieces of work. And the best part is that they're kept safe within the confines of an archival scrapbooking album rather than loosely filed away with no information attached!
And just secretly as a side note ... I love that this pocket is rather like a kangaroo pouch, keeping safe the treasures that are his drawings.
The Zoo Crew: Wild Things, Snake Skin, Zoo Trails, Borders, Treasures & Text, Paper Pieces; Just Add Color: Trinkets; Designer Washi Tape: Wild Things; IF Enamel Hearts: Olive You Mix; Tiny Text: Festive Tiny Text; Sienna Chipboard Alphas: Pickle Juice